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RCI December 2017

A day of celebration for the liquid roofing sector What a great way to round-off the year; RCI attended the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association’s (LRWA) inaugural Awards and Gala, which was held at Hotel Football, Manchester, in November. Held at the iconic Hotel Football in Manchester, more than 200 guests attended the inaugural LRWA Awards & Gala event on 8 November 2017. Amongst the attendees were LRWA members including liquid waterproofing manufacturers, contractors and suppliers to the liquid industry. Key figures from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), the Institute of Roofing (IoR) and the Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) also came to support the event. Liquid champions A panel of independent, expert judges from the construction industry carefully selected the winners based on quality, complexity of the project, the finest workmanship and dedication to one of the fastest growing sectors of the roofing industry. The panel included chartered building surveyor and director of building consultancy at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Robert Critchley, chartered building surveyor and associate director at Crowther Turnbull Booth in Leeds, Simon Guizzetti, and training coordinator of the LRWA, Chris Bussens, who also runs his own business CNB Consultants as a qualified training assessor and verifier. Six liquid roofing and waterproofing champions were crowned on the day, which included; Student of the Year: Jonathan Woolins, Rooksby Roofing Completing his two-year NVQ Level 2 in Liquid Applied Membrane Roofing with the LRWA, judges said his knowledge and confidence in liquid applied roofing meant he was a clear winner for this award. Commenting on why he won, judge Chris Bussens, said: “Jonathan is an extremely skilled and committed operative. His friendly and helpful approach to clients and with colleagues makes him a real asset. The way in which he tackles the technical details learned through his training is clearly demonstrated on site – well done Jonathan.” 060 DECEMBER 2017 RCIMAG.COM Here we report back on all the winners... Trainer of the Year: Paul Sutherland, site technician and trainer, Moy Materials Paul won this award for his proactive and eager approach to training, which the judges said has positively benefitted many learners in the liquid waterproofing industry. Recognised for his dedication to the Basic Competency Programme (BCP), he continuously raises the profile of the importance of skills. Adding testament to his achievements, David Broom, director of Moy Materials, said: “Paul is such a dedicated member of my team who makes a massively positive impact on our day-to-day running of the business…his coordination of training events and dedication to the education of roofing operatives has not only broadened our relationships with contractors, but has increased sales and therefore made a financial contribution to the company.” Liquid Roofing Project of the Year under 1000m²: Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre – Sika Liquid Plastics and Vertical Access/Permicoat This iconic chaplaincy building forms part of Lancaster’s rich heritage and has been used on the university’s logo since 1989. The judges chose this as the winning project because of the specification and installation complexities. Simon Guizzetti, one of the judges explained: “This project really did stand out as the client required a bespoke colour match to ensure the aesthetical appearance of the original 1969 construction remained. The unusual design of the three-pronged spire and the height of the facias meant a vertical application was required.” Pete Hollingworth, head of sales at Sika Liquid Plastics, added: “We’re overjoyed to have won the award and it is a real testament to our continuous commitment to quality.” Liquid Roofing Project of the Year over 1000m²: Heathrow Airport, Pier 7, Terminal 3 – Icopal & iTECH Roofworks Severe water ingress into terminal buildings below meant a quick refurbishment was required on the 10,000m² roof area. Commenting on why this finalist won, judge Robert Critchley, said: “This complex project presented many challenges, including working around the large amount of plant and equipment on the roof. Contractors completely removed and replaced the existing roof-mounted equipment, by lifting it up by 2.5 metres and relocating it onto a new steelwork mezzanine structure. We were astonished by the total number of man hours, which was recorded at more than 287,000. Internal disruption to the busy terminal was kept to an absolute minimum and the project was finished on time despite the challenges.” Liquid Waterproofing Project of the Year Award: Rochdale Shopping Exchange – WestWood Liquid Technologies & Everlast Waterproofing This car park is situated above a busy shopping centre in Rochdale and the existing asphalt substrate required refurbishment. Due to the high volume of visitors to site each day, it could not be closed for long periods of time as the client would risk losing valuable revenue. A new traffic flow was needed with designated pedestrian walkways to improve safety. Commenting on the winning project, judge Simon Guizzetti said: “A fast curing PMMA solution was installed onto the 8,000m² area, which offered flexibility and allowed the shops below to remain open throughout the works. The liquid waterproofing also provided a bespoke colour match to the shopping centre’s branding, to create the pedestrian walkways. This complex project LRWA VIEWPOINT


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